Alfred Lewers Jr.
Alfred Lewers Jr. is a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the Police Foundation, joining the Foundation after a 30-year law enforcement career. He recently retired from the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) as the Assistant Chief of Police and holds the unique honor of being the first person hired at the agency in October 2006. He was instrumental in forming the 300-member force from the ground up.
During his tenure at the MGPD, he focused on ensuring that the department was situated to take full advantage of technological advances in policing, ensuring that the appropriate policies, training and technical solutions were in place. He co-authored the City of Miami Gardens’ public safety technology project and self-initiated the deployment of several innovative tech solutions. He was a thought leader in multiple areas of organizational improvement and revamped the Operations Patrol Division to focus on problem-oriented policing and trust building, as opposed to their past traditional policing model.
While at the MGPD, he held the ranks of Captain and Major, being assigned to all divisions within the department. He is skilled in grants acquisition as well as gun violence reduction through technology and multifaceted social services and non-traditional approaches.
Prior to his service with the MGPD, he was a Lieutenant at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, overseeing the Recruiting, Background Investigations, Training and the Alarm Units. While in that capacity, he focused on process improvements and enhanced training benchmarks for the entire agency.
He also held positions as the Recruiting Unit Supervisor, where he perfected his skills in diversity recruitment and retention. He was the Public Information Officer for the Department, a Patrol supervisor, an Officer in the Patrol Division, and an investigator in both the Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations Divisions. He was on the agency’s SWAT team as a Hostage Negotiator and a member of the Department’s Honor Guard.
During Mr. Lewers’ early career he was a Coral Springs Police Officer and is a proud veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a military policeman. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of over 60 department, citizen, and military awards and commendations.
Mr. Lewers is pursuing his master degree in Public Administration at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Union Institute & University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education and is a graduate of the 259th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Mr. Lewers is professionally engaged and civic-minded, holding memberships and executive board positions in numerous professional law enforcement, civil rights, and civic organizations.